Every now and then, when I meet someone for the first time, they will ask me how many kids I have. After answering four, the next question is usually, ‘oh what do you have?’
To which I, of course, reply, ‘three girls and one boy.’
From there, the conversation usually turns to, ‘whereabouts in the order is the boy?’ Having had this conversation many, many times, and seeing people’s facial reactions, it’s almost as if I did it wrong. (Because I, of course had a say in the gender and birth order of my kids) Apparently, and again, I’m inferring this from reactions, if you’re having four kids, it’s best to have two of each. And if you’re only going to have one of one gender, it should be at the end. So that everyone can say, ‘oh you finally got your boy!’
Instead, because BJ is child number three, and after him comes yet another sister, we get a whole lot of ‘how does he cope with all those girls?’ or ‘Oh the poor boy!!’ Which could be offensive if I let it, but I don’t. Because whilst there are times when BJ does get a little frustrated with the lack of testosterone around the house, he actually really likes his sisters, and, I may be biased in saying this, but they are a little bit awesome. 🙂
The thing that probably annoys him the most, is when it’s time to watch a movie. Because choosing a movie is taken in turns, and having three sisters means that there is a lot of Frozen. Or Winkz. Or other things that little girls often love, and that drive little boys (or at least this little boy) bonkers. And whilst he is extremely tolerant of all these movies, more from lack of choice than anything, they are not what he really wants to be watching.
He wants action. And adventure. And a hero that saves people from the bad guy. He wants a story that takes a believable person, and shows how they can be something great and amazing, and save the world; so that he can imagine all those wonderful things for himself.
He wants fire swords, and battles and fun kind of monsters.
Or, alternatively, Dragons.
I remember seeing How To Train Your Dragon a few years ago, and I loved it. The fact that you can take a kid called Hiccup and a dragon and make them save the day, is pretty amazing. We had missed seeing How To Train Your Dragon 2 at the cinema, but when we finally saw it yesterday, it did not disappoint.
BJ and Taylah in particular were transfixed, and I was tempted to ignore dinner prep to watch the entire thing.
This is a great story. It’s got everything in. A bit of romance, humour, amazing graphics, heart warming family reunions, and inspiring tragedy. Plus a story that’s built around the idea that we all have greatness inside of us, and just need good people around to draw it out:
Hiccup: I’m sorry, Dad. I’m not the chief that you wanted me to be and I’m not the peacekeeper I thought I was. I… don’t know…
Valka: You came early into this world. You were such a wee thing. So frail and so fragile. I feared that you wouldn’t make it. But your father, he never doubted. He always said you would become the strongest of them all. And he was right. You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon. Only you can bring our worlds together. That is who you are, son.
Hiccup: I uh… I was so afraid of becoming my dad. Mostly because I thought I never could. How do you become someone that great, that brave, that selfless? I guess you can only try. A chief protects his own. We’re going back.
I’m not particularly worried about whether my boy watches movies about fairies and princesses, or dragons and robots. What I am interested in, is the takeaway message and what that speaks to his little heart. Adventure is always going to be good; but adventure with a noble purpose is always so much better.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is available for early release on the iTunes store, and thanks to 20th Century Fox, I also have 5 How To Train A Dragon 2 Gift packs to give away.
Each pack contains:
- 1 Dragons DVD
- 1 Dragons Stationery Set
- 1 Dragons Magnetic Watch
- 1 Dragons Outdoor Activities Pack
- 1 Dragons Special Addition Poster
To enter, simply tell me what’s your favourite kids movie and why?
Disclaimer: I received one Dragons Pack, and one digital copy of How To Train a Dragon 2 for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Competition is open to Australian residents only and runs from Friday October 31st to Sunday November 9th. This is a game of skill, and the most creative/interesting answer will be chosen. The judge’s decision is final and will not be entered into. Winners will be contacted via email or social media, and have 48 hours to respond, or the prize will be redrawn.